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A FfiATUliK OF LEGISLATIVE ECONOMY.
The Board of Regents, nt their meeting
lust summer, reduced the salaries of the
Chancellor and the regular Professors.
As if this were not enough, the Legislature
has just made a farther reduction iu the
salary of the Chancellor. The disposition
to curtail even more extensively washy no
means wanting. The low estimate of the
importance of collegiate work, which
this most commendable measure exhibits,
reminds us of the prevalent tendency of
district school boards to pay the teachers
they employ no higher wages than those
they give to their farm laborers.
That the profession of school teacher is
in this way very injuriously affected, is
patent enough to those conversant with
the fuels; then does not this praise-wor-thy
freak of economy affect also the college
professor? lie has spent the best years of
early manhood in the toil of a collegiate
course and even then must remain a stu
dent, for, to discharge Ills duties faithfully,
he must still do much hard work
To reduce his salary to a minimum, is
not only to impair his usefulness us a
professor, but to induce him to turn to
a more lucrative profession.
HEADING AND DECLAMATIONS.
As a part of rhetorical training, decla
mations arc doubtless of some value; yet
they ought not to displace what is of
moi e practical benelit. The pompous
bomhnst put into the mouths ol Greek
and Koman orators, and adopted as the
stock-in-trade of tho ordinary declaiinor,
is not calculated to lead to the best prac
tical results. If the student will some
time sway multitudes by his eloquence,
and the occasions for this will seldom
occur, his apprenticeship must be em.
ployed in a more matter-of-fact style of
diction and delivery. His time would bo
better spent iu perfecting the delivery of
his own original productions.
Heading is of quite as much value as
speaking; yet how many really good
readers are to be found ? How many of
our public men can read an address with
proper effect? To many students, there is
seldom occasion for reading aloud : hence
the importance of culture in this direc
tion. The professor in charge of the rlietori
cal exorcises of tho college classes lately
proposed tho plan of in part supplanting
the declamations by exercises in reading.
Wo hope this change will be concurred
in and supported by all the students con-corned.
Do not forget to read the contributed
articles this month. There is a greater
number of pieces than usual, and also a
greater variety in the subject matter.
Read the poem in blank verse, which is
an innovation in our paper. It exhibits
care in its preparation. Read also ''Self
Boarding." That article is truly a graphic
delineation of the miseries of bachelor,
hood, but we litre add, in defense of
those to whom the article applies, that
the general rule laid down therein is not
without exceptions. But we will not dis
criminate as all the pieces are well worth
your perusal, whether or not you can al
ways agree with the writers.
Now that all the editors have passed the
compliments ot the season most of them
have settled down to good, substantial
work; and ponderous editorials, witty lo
cals, cutting criticisms and learned essays
are the results of their labors. The ex
change editors always receive our first at
tention. Some are cordial with a kind,
pleasant word for tho paper just struggling
into existence; others, with a supercilious
eye, seem only waiting for a chance to
crush somebody ; others wrap themselves
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